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Enlisted versus going in as a commissioned officer.

a recruiter told me once (maybe 8-9 yrs ago) that with a bachelors degree you can start at officer candidate school, is that true?

if so, wouldnt that be the way to go?
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Old 03-10-2010, 10:20 PM Tk421 is offline  
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a recruiter told me once (maybe 8-9 yrs ago) that with a bachelors degree you can start at officer candidate school, is that true?

if so, wouldnt that be the way to go?

it depends on what you want to do

in most cases officers serve as managerial/supervisory roles while the enlisted are the ones that actually perform the jobs

exceptions abound but officers and enlisted have different duties. officers get paid more but also have a lot more responsibility for their decisions
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a recruiter told me once (maybe 8-9 yrs ago) that with a bachelors degree you can start at officer candidate school, is that true?

if so, wouldnt that be the way to go?

you CAN enlist
you MAY start at OCS

The selection standards for OCS are a little more stringent than enlistment. 4 year degree is a requirement, not a garuntee.
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Hell, I had recruiters from all the services calling me about a month before my graduation offering me spots in OCS. Of course, once I told them I am a type 1 diabetic they all ran for the hills. I think it was my degree though. They were all looking for officers that would work in supply and logistics. (degree is industrial distribution)

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Since I'm in a similar position (speaking with an Army Reserves recruiter)...

I'll just ask this: Advice for what to ask the recruiters? (Aside from the basics...)

My wife is nervous about me joining because of relocation, which I understand doesn't happen in the reserves (?) I know I can get better answers from actual soldiers (not saying that the recruiter is not a soldier).

why did you copy my post without quoting it?

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Same here. I remember one question that was basically:

Plane travels 5 miles on 10 gallons of fuel. Plane has 100 gallons of fuel, how far can pilot travel. The "correct answer" was a mathmatical one (ie: 5 miles per gallon x 5 gallons = 25 miles shit). I said any pilot who attemps to fly 100 miles with 100 miles worth of fuel (implying no reserve) doesn't deserve his wings.

Now whether it was a trick question I don't know.

Isn't the answer 50? Officers for the Air Force don't take the ASVAB anyway.
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a recruiter told me once (maybe 8-9 yrs ago) that with a bachelors degree you can start at officer candidate school, is that true?

if so, wouldnt that be the way to go?

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you CAN enlist
you MAY start at OCS

The selection standards for OCS are a little more stringent than enlistment. 4 year degree is a requirement, not a garuntee.

OCS for the Army is a guarantee if you have a BA/BS, aren't a felon, and know how to say no to a hamburger once in a while. This also means that the Army without question has some of the worst officers in the military because the billet only asked for a warm body. Generally though becoming an officer is more selective and people are less willing to look the other way.

As far as choice, it depends on what you want. Certain jobs are enlisted or officer exclusive. Others, enlisted and officer responsibilities and duties look very different, even in the same career field and everyone has their preference.

My preference is that if you have the means, be a fucking officer. I know which side I would rather be on between having a dipshit for a boss or being a dipshit of a boss. At the very least you have fewer people that can tell you what to do and you get paid more for it.

BTW what your degree is in or where its from will (almost) never matter. Anything technical the military needs, you'd need more than a BA/BA and they contract this work out anyway.
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